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How to Choose the Appropriate Portable Fire Extinguisher

Posted on 24 July 2019
How to Choose the Appropriate Portable Fire Extinguisher

Portable fire extinguishers they are easily and readily carried, or portable the name implies. They enable you to reach the cause of the fire and assist extinguish it. They are intended for small fires that in case not extinguished, may turn into big, uncontrolled fires. In case the fire isn't extinguished with the fire extinguisher call your local fire department.


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Portable Fire Extinguisher can save property and lives by putting out a small fire before they blaze up into a big fire or contain it until the fire department arrives. When thinking of a way to choose the appropriate portable fire extinguisher, ask, "What fire type is burning?" It's incredibly critical to have the appropriate fire extinguisher for the type of fire that is burning. Lots of people believe that a fire extinguisher will put out any type of fire and this is not the case. Specific types of fires require a specific type of fire extinguisher. Some fire extinguishers will leave a powder mess behind and damage sensitive equipment, while other fire extinguishers will leave hardly a trace and not damage sensitive equipment.


The three most commonly used fire extinguishers are air-pressurized water, carbon dioxide and multi-purpose/dry chemical. To be able to help you choose the appropriate fire extinguisher, this article is going to explore the various types of fires and the right type of fire extinguisher to work with.


Fires are categorized in different types of classes, Class A, B, C, E and F. The class is determined by the materials involved in the fire. A class A fire involves common combustibles, such as wood or paper. Class B fires involve flammable liquids such as gas or oil. Class C fires involve flammable Gases such as LPG. Class E fires involves in energized electricity such as a fire involving a surge protector. Class K fires involve cooking oils and are generally found in restaurant kitchens.



Therefore to be able to figure out the type of fire extinguisher you need, assess the situation and the surroundings you are going to place the portable fire extinguisher. Typically, for home or office use, an ABC fire extinguisher can cover all the bases, it will cover flammable liquids, combustibles and electrical type of fires. A huge cooking space which has a great deal of frying oil in a deep fryer would call for an F-Class fire extinguishers along with fire suppression system.


The initial thing to do in assessing the type of fire extinguisher needed is to figure out the type of fire which might occur. A building fire assessment from a qualified technician could help simplify this process. The technician may figure out the size, type, and weight of the fire extinguishers required. A qualified technician or local fire authority could also help in the appropriate positioning of the fire extinguisher and the right number of fire extinguishers which would be required to meet building codes and standards.


Location of the portable fire extinguisher is likewise important. These extinguishers must be positioned in an extremely visible location that has an unobstructed view, positioned along regular travel paths and the extinguisher instructions facing outward so if an untrained person is using the fire extinguishers, they are able to readily see how to operate the extinguisher. Fire extinguishers must additionally be positioned within easy reach as well as placed in corridors or aisles that lead to an exit, never be blocked by equipment or stacked boxes,  as well as be positioned by prospective fire hazards. A fire extinguisher cabinet could help facilitate this.The positioning of signage indicating the fire extinguisher in red helps to let employees, customers, and clients know where the fire extinguishers could be found very easily if ever needed.


You portable fire extinguisher is required to be serviced once a year for homes and businesses. This ensures that your fire extinguisher is in proper working order, the gage is working, the seals are intact and pressurized correctly.  It will ensure the fire extinguisher will be ready in case of that feared emergency.


If you have any concerns or questions about Portable Fire Extinguisher, FCF is here to help. We will be glad to help you keep your home or workplace safe. We offer a wide range of fire protection services including supply, installation and maintenance. For more information and assistance, visit FCF today. 

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